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Choplifter! (SEGA Master System)

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Description

Choplifter! is a side-scrolling action/arcade game that puts you in command of an attack chopper. Your mission: Go behind enemy lines and rescue up to 16 hostages per level. Be careful, though, because tanks and enemy aircraft will try to stop you - and they won't stop shooting while you are rescuing those hostages!

Originally released for Apple II home computers, Choplifter! was later ported to the arcades and a number of video game consoles. Many imitators and homages would follow.

Screenshots

Choplifter! SEGA Master System Chopper attack
Choplifter! SEGA Master System Destroyed
Choplifter! SEGA Master System Landed
Choplifter! SEGA Master System Title Screen

Alternate Titles

  • "Choplifter" -- SMS/NES/Vic-20 title
  • "チョップリフター" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Excellent port from Sega *Katakis* (37838) unrated
A super-stressful little game from the mid-80s Chris Wright (99) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
Great translation of the arcade version of Choplifter. gametrader (229) unrated

The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Dec 14, 2000 A 100
Tilt Dec, 1987 18 out of 20 90
Génération 4 1987 89 out of 100 89
Happy Computer Nov, 1986 86 out of 100 86
Game Freaks 365 Jun 23, 2005 7.5 out of 10 75
1UP! Jul 04, 2008 70 out of 100 70
VideoGame Mar, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
IMPLANTgames Nov 05, 2009 6 out of 10 60

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Choplifter appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Arcade version

After Choplifter! was released for the Apple II, it was not only ported to numerous other computer and console systems, but also converted by Sega into a coin-op arcade game. This makes Choplifter! one of the few 1980s games to start on a home system and later appear in arcades, instead of the other way around.

[Source: Retro Gamer Magazine, Load 51]

Cancelled PC version

Game creator Dan Gorlin began work on a PC version of Choplifter! during the 1990s, but says it was never completed due to "industry problems."

[Source: Retro Gamer Magazine, Load 51]

Development

Choplifter! began as a 3D game in early development, but was later converted into a 2D side-scroller when creator Dan Gorlin realized the limitations of contemporary hardware.

[Source: Retro Gamer Magazine, Load 51]

Influence

Game creator Dan Gorlin cites both the Iranian hostage crisis and the arcade game Defender as major influences on Choplifter!'s design.

[Source: Retro Gamer Magazine, Load 51]

Legacy

Choplifter designer Dan Gorlin on the surprising influence of his game on the industry:
A lot of professionals in the game business now tell me that Choplifter was big influence on them. It kinda freaks me out; like inventing dynamite or something.
(From the book *High Score!* by Rusel DeMaria and Johnny L. Wilson, p.125.)

Scenario

While they both spawned strings of sequels to lead series of their own, Choplifter and Lode Runner can be considered to share not just human sprite animation, but a "game world" along with Will Wright's Raid on Bungeling Bay, all three games (all published by Brøderbund) eventually featuring the militaristic denizens of the Bungeling Empire as the primary antagonists.

Information also contributed by Garcia and Pseudo_Intellectual
PCGamer77 (3026) added Choplifter! (SEGA Master System) on Jan 17, 2003
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